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|Table for Three|
Actors: Jesse Bradford, Johnny Galecki, Liza Lapira, Jennifer Morrison, Brandon Routh
Director: Michael Samonek
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Scott is suddenly single and alone after his girlfriend dumps him during his marriage proposal and his roommate moves thousands of miles away. But when he invites super-nice strangers Ryan and Mary to share his apartment, ... more »
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This 'Table' Tips Well!
Kevin V. Finn | New Jersey | 07/02/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Director Mike Samonek serves up a tasty comedy with a mostly appetizing cast and a story well-seasoned with subtle humor and bite-sized hilarity.
Sophia Bush and Jesse Bradford are terrific as a couple too-perfect to be true, hell bent on wrecking their new roommate's (Brandon Routh) life by over-protecting him from his own self-destructive romantic tendencies. The chemistry between Bush and Bradford make them seem as if they've a been a couple for years, dressing to compliment each other's style, finishing each other's sentences with a practiced and perceptively funny rhythm, or just bantering on endlessly. Jennifer Morrison really lets her hair down here, She is the right tone straight and comedic throughout.
The cab scene is hilarious, highlighted by Morrison's aloofness and Bradford's camp. It would've played even funnier if Brandon Routh were good at comedy. Though Routh is the blandest thing on 'Table's' menu, I actually like his straight take through most of the film. It gives his character a lot more credibility as the lonely loser, and it heightens the comedy aspect of Bush and Bradford's supercouple, making it much more their movie than his. Whether director Samonek did that intentionally or not doesn't matter, it works very well. Kudos to him for letting his cast take off and make this as much fun for themselves as it was for us, the viewer. Routh's performance falls flattest when he's supposed to be funniest, but Bush, Morrison and Bradford do a credible job of playing off Routh and making up for his weaknesses. 'Roseanne' alum Johnny Galecki is a hoot as a recent victim of the not-so-perfect couple.
Table For Three is a sleeper, a film that succeeds by never taking itself too seriously or trying too hard to be funny. Like finding a spot at the great little bistro tucked behind the big and bland restaurant chains, you'll want to reserve this 'Table' as soon as you can.
Not a good movie, not a bad movie
Daniel G. Lebryk | 10/15/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Superman, Brooke Davis (One Tree Hill), Leonard Hofstadter (The Big Bang Theory), Dr. Allison Cameron (House); none of them could save this movie from itself. The man of steel, a vapid California babe, a physicist, and a medical doctor...nothing doing.
Table for Three, is supposed to be a sweet romantic movie about a poor guy that acts a lot like Ted Mosby (How I Met Your Mother), he falls in love quickly and wants to get married quickly. He works from home and needs a new room mate. After interviewing a bunch of losers, he finds Mary and Ryan. They seem attentive and nice. The 'hilarity' begins when the pair, a couple since high school, move in. They want to do everything with Scott, especially protect him from falling in love too quickly. It all starts off innocent and happy, but quickly spins out of control with Scott hating the couple.
The strange part about this movie, the last 15 minutes are actually kind of a surprise and are half way decent. Some twists happen that almost save the film. Unfortunately, like a comedian telling a joke and then talking after the punch line, the film kept going for another 5 minutes after it should have ended. There is no reason why I had to know that about the happy couple.
The cast is uneven. Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) as Scott, sadly delivers his lines dead pan and with very little emotion, it is hard to fell much from his character. Jesse Bradford (West Wing, the creepy Ryan Pierce), is just so irritating. Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill) was sometimes incredibly sexy, horribly cloying, and dumb; not exactly the best combination. Johnny Galecki (Big Bang Theory and Rosanne) was one of the few genuine, believeable interesting characters as a past victim of the Ryan and Mary disease. Jennifer Morrison (House) was absolutely stunning, beautiful, smart, quirky, interesting; and not on the screen nearly enough. The few high spots, Galecki, Morrison and occasionally Bush, were just not enough to salvage the whole film.
Technically this is a simple, fairly low budget film. In general light was good. Sound well recorded. Shots were in focus. But there was nothing creative or compelling about framing, camera work, or editing. If it weren't for the language and nudity, this could have passed for a television program.
The film is rated R. There is a lot of strong language, and sexual innuendo. There is a scene in a strip club with topless women. At one point Sophia Bush says, 'and I even wore panties' pulling up her dress to show her panties. This is the type of humor in the film. There is no violence or gore. Younger viewers, probably depends a lot on tolerance for language, situations, and nudity.
The film is at least 20 minutes too long at one hour and thirty three minutes. The jokes climaxed early and then the comedian kept talking. The pay off was way too late in the film, and then it was diluted with a needless final poke at the happy couple. Most will stop watching after a half hour, Scott is just that boring, and Ryan that irritating.
The DVD includes one of those awful making of featurettes where the actors and directors simply retell the whole story. They have nothing to add to an already overdrawn story. Do not watch this featurette before the film, the entire movie is told in roughly 25 minutes.
Overall this is not a very good movie. Sophia Bush and Jennifer Morrison are pretty and worth watching. The ending is good. But there is just too much irritation along the way.
Why did this not get general theatrical release...?
Geoffrey Gould | Hollywood, California as well as facebook.com/geof | 08/16/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As an actor (who does background work as well), I worked on "Table for Three" (url to its report below), and when the film hit DVD I rented it from Netflix and found it so amusing I purchased the DVD outright.
It is quirkily amusing and would have been "just as funny" in a theatre as it is as a direct-to-DVD film.
Brandon Routh stars as Scott, a somewhat hapless fellow whose life circumstances have him resort to seeking a roommate, ending up renting out to couple Mary and Ryan (Sophia Bush and Jesse Bradford), who not only seem sickly sweet but the two are all but attached at the hip. Quickly their effervescent lifestyle begins to wear on Scott's prefered state of meloncholy, and he cannot discern if they are simply this happy or whether they are manipulating his life (or both).
Scott's slowly rising suspicions aren't helped by Mary and Ryan's acquaintence Ted (Johnny Galecki) whose experiences with Mary and Ryan make him a walking warning against befriending them.
At times the film gets increasingly strange, hilariously surreal and highly entertaining.
Limp Comedy Featuring the Man of Steel
The Movie Man | Maywood, New Jersey USA | 07/23/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
""Table for Three" focuses on Scott (Brandon Routh, "Superman Returns"), who is suddenly single and alone after his girlfriend dumps him during his marriage proposal and his roommate moves thousands of miles away. When he invites delightful, sympathetic strangers Ryan (Jesse Bradford) and Mary (Sophia Bush) to share his apartment, they soon begin to intrude on every aspect of his life, including his new relationship with the girl of his dreams, Leslie (Jennifer Morrison). Routh, absent from the limelight after essaying the Man of Steel three years ago, is very good as a romantic leading man, but the film is derailed by the excessive maneuvering of the couple from hell, when the movie switches from pleasant dramedy to a broad screwball romp that favors sight gags and slapstick over characterization. Bonus extras include commentary with director Michael Samoneck and a deadeningly dull, 30-minute featurette consisting of unnecessary clips and the actors' rambling on and on about motivation and "thematic reach.""